It’s quiet obvious in some new recent days that Trump administration is weighing a range of options, that’s for a retaliatory action against Iran, that includes a cyberattack or a physical strike on Iranian oil facilities or on a Revolutionary Guard assets, the US officials and others detailed on the deliberations told the NBC News.
The U.S. military leaders provided President Donald Trump, with a menu of possible actions against Iran during a national security meeting on Monday. But U.S president seeking a narrowly focused response that wouldn’t even draw U.S. into the broader military conflict with Iran, asked for more options, the people also briefed on the meeting said.
That could cause a strike by Saudi Arabia, the oil facilities of country were hit on Sunday in an unprecedented attack that the U.S. would support with the intelligence, targeting information and the surveillance capabilities but without U.S. actually firing any weapons at Iran, person familiar with the planning said.
In the wake of Sunday’s attack, the U.S. military planners have also revisited a long identified list of potential Iranian targets that could constitute a proportional response. Those include a strike on Iran’s Abadan oil refinery, which is one of the world’s largest, or the Kharg Island, which is Iran’s biggest oil export facility. The attacks on either location would also significantly impede the Iran’s ability to process and also sell e oil, on it the Trump administration has already been working, in order to restrict after pulling out of Iran nuclear deal.
The Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman, Ron Johnson, R-Wis., said after reading the intelligence report “I’m like 100% convinced, he said that the intelligence made available was about the three pages long. It’s also very brief that means to me it’s pretty cut and dry.”
A former Army officer, and Senate national security aide, Bradley Bowman said that the goal for US military planners as they review the longstanding options should be to reestablish the threat of deterrence without significant Iranian casualties that could be exploited by Iran’s government.
Bowman said “Clearly those who conducted this attack were not deterred. That means inflicting pain,” that now a senior director at the hawkish think tank Foundation for Defense of Democracies. “But we want that pain to be inflicted in a wise way that does not increase the credibility in the eyes of the Iranian people of a regime that is not credible.”